Florida Man Caught on Camera Coughing on Police Officers During Arrest: 'I Hope You Catch Corona'

A Florida man intentionally coughed on police officers and said "I hope you catch corona" as he was arrested for allegedly threatening his mother with a knife, authorities said.

Brent Smith, 46, was intoxicated when he returned to the home he shares with his mother in DeLand, Florida, on Saturday evening, the Volusia Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

An argument ensued and Smith shoved his mother several times while screaming at her and calling her "obscene names," the sheriff's office said. The sheriff's office said Smith then grabbed a butter knife and threatened her, saying: "I will kill you."

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When his mother called for help, Smith allegedly snatched her cell phone and was still holding it when deputies arrived at the scene, the sheriff's office added.

As Smith was being taken into custody, he began arguing with the deputies detaining him and threatened to hit one in the head with a hammer.

Body camera footage shows Smith coughing repeatedly in their direction and making threats, including saying he would "bash your f***ing brains in." One of the deputies is seen putting on latex gloves before searching Smith and placing him in the back seat of a patrol car.

While in the backseat, Smith again coughed and blew on deputies, the sheriff's office said.

The body camera footage also caught him telling one officer: "I hope you die. I hope you catch corona. I hope the coronavirus... I hope it latches on to you."

Smith was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery on a person 65 or older, tampering with a witness, robbery by sudden snatching and grand theft.

He was also charged with threatening and assaulting a law enforcement officer, corruption by threat against a public official and violation of probation on an original charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant person.

He was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he is currently being held without bond.

Florida has more than 20,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and 470 deaths, according to the latest figures from the Florida Department of Health.

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Brent Smith, 46, of DeLand, was captured on body camera footage coughing on officers as he was arrested for allegedly threatening his mother with a knife. Volusia Sheriff's Office

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